10 Best Clubs for the Under 21: Dancing, Lounging or Live Music - Take Your Pick
Just because you are under 21, doesn't mean there aren't lots of places in the ATL to have some fun and get your groove on. In and around the Atlanta area are fun spots to gather with your gang of pals or linger and meet new friends for a fun evening out.
If you are not enamored with the clubbing and dance scene, check out some of the live music venues that are available in Atlanta. In Decatur, Eddie's Attic has been a popular spot for singers before they've made it big. John Mayer and Shawn Mullins have both played here. Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points also has a lot of decent bands as well.
For an ultra-posh experience head to Opera nightclub in the heart of Midtown. More laid back spots to hit up in Midtown are Flip Flops and Loca Luna. Both offer a tropical atmosphere to get your groove on. The DJ spins a variety of top 40 music at both of these venues.
If you aren't into the scene and just want to dance your heart out, head to the Masquerade or MJQ Concourse. Here, dance the night away without the worry of being hit on. Masquerade also features and upstairs spot for concerts.
10 La Rumba II
For late-night Latin partying in Atlanta, this teen dance club is a phenomenal option. Stellar DJs spin an eclectic mix of Latin and hip hop beats that has beautiful dancers of all nationalities hitting the dance floor to Salsa, Rumba or just shake it freestyle. Plasma screens, cozy booths and a well-stocked bar for 21-and-over patrons create an impressive venue, and when clubbers dance up an appetite, the late-night menu satisfies with tasty Mexican morsels. However, if you prefer Asian food, the club is located on Buford Highway. So after getting famished from all the dancing, there are plenty of ethnic restaurants open late to fill you up. (404-486-0436, 678-789-2888)
9 Variety Playhouse
If you are more into the live music scene vs. the dance or clubbing scene, then you'll definitely want to check out Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points. Acts are a wide variety of genres. There is no smoking inside the entire building. However, they do provide a Smoker's alley outside. The Variety Playhouse is a combination theater and nightclub. Seating at Variety Playhouse features a mixture of theater-style seats, tables and chairs and dancing and standing areas. The capacity varies depending on the seating configuration. All of the shows are general admission. For many of the shows, there is limited seating along with standing areas. (404) 521-1786)
8 Club Miami
The under 21 crowd definitely love to play here. A sizzling standout amongst teen clubs in Atlanta, Club Miami features a jam-packed dance floor and substantial after-midnight entry lines that confirm its status as a red-hot nightspot for the under 21 set. Friday nights and Saturday lesbian nights draw a fun-loving 18-and-over crowd ready to party until morning, shimmying on the dance floor to the enticing beat of hip-hop favorites. Celebrity appearances are also common, with past guests including Soulja Boy and Roscoe Dash. Club Miami is located on Buford Highway. So after getting famished from all the dancing, there are plenty of ethnic restaurants open late to fill you up. (404-929-9991)
7 Flip Flops
This 18+ club has a convenient Midtown location. Near many of the other hot clubs and restaurants, you are in for a fun night on the town when you choose to party at the this two level club. Cover charge ranges between $5 to $10. The tropical theme, hence the name Flip Flops, is apparent throughout the entire club. Don't visit Flip Flops without sampling one of the frozen slushies. All are tasty but many especially love the Red Bull / vodka slushie. If you are willing to walk a bit, you can score inexpensive down the street from the club. (678-705-3891)
6 MJQ Concourse
One of the longest running clubs in Atlanta, MJQ Concourse takes the word "underground" to an entirely new level. The club is actually entirely underground. There's no website and most find out about it through a friend. Unassuming to a passerby, you'd never know that the entrance was the gateway to one of the most popular dance clubs in the city. Open late at night, it is just as popular on weeknights as weekends. Patrons here come to enjoy themselves and dance and listen to talented DJs do their thing. There is no Top 40 music and dress is very casual. (404-870-0575)
5 Opera Nightclub
When you want to party at one of the prettiest and seen and be seen places in Atlanta, Opera in Midtown is the perfect choice. Searching Atlanta for a teen night club can yield limited results, but Opera, indisputably the classiest club in the city, offers an 18-and-up party like no other on its Wednesday College Night. Opera is set in an authentic 1920s opera house. An enormous dance floor beneath a spectacular 100-foot domed ceiling is where party goers get down. Many of the tables here must be reserved and can get pricey. This trendy nightclub doesn't end the luxury there but also boasts a lavish outdoor pool and lounge area (404-874-3006)
4 Wild Bill's
Among the most popular teen clubs in Atlanta, Wild Bill's is also the country's largest dance club and concert hall. Wild Bills provides plenty of sleek space for the 18-and-up clubbers to party until the wee hours of the morning. Patrons rock out to big-name concerts, get their groove on at high-energy black light parties and break it down to top dance hits on the 5,000-square-foot dance floor. Unlike many of the other popular clubs, Wild Bills is located outside the perimeter in Duluth. A bit of a drive but most patrons find it to be worth it for the glitz and spaciousness. (678-473-1000)
3 The Masquerade
Although the dark atmosphere and non-traditional attire worn by party goers at Masquerade may be a little intimidating, don't let it be. All types of people are welcome at Masquerade. Housed in a renovated turn-of-the-century mill, this three level club has something for everyone. Hear bands upstairs in "Heaven." Play games and sit at the bar in "Pergatory" and dance the night away downstairs in "Hell." If live music isn't your thing, come every Thursday for a night of old wave classics music. The club also features the occasional CD release party. Cash only at the box office. Drinks a relatively inexpensive. (404-577-8178)
2 Loca Luna
Who says a place can't have it all? Loca Luna serves up tasty tapas in the early evening in a fun and festive atmosphere. And at night it turns into a popular dance club. Loca Luna is 18 and up but that doesn't stop the over 21 crowd from partying there as well. This Latin hot spot has an after-hours atmosphere that always sizzles. The club features live bands and late-night DJs inspiring a diverse crowd of dancers with a blend of Salsa, Reggae, and Top 40 mash-ups. Free salsa lessons help even clueless clubbers practice their moves before the dance floor gets loco. (404-875-4494)
1 Eddie's Attic
Hosting an ensemble of well-known and lesser-known acts, Eddie's Act is an ideal place to chill out over a few brews and good live music. A favorite of Decatur's youngish professionals (since you don't have to be 21 to enter) , Eddie's has showcased the likes of John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, and Dave Sutherland. In the warmer months, Eddie's deck is a great place to get a little fresh air. There's even a roof top deck. Those wanting to take a break from the music can head across the hall to the pool room. Cover charges vary depending on who's playing. Food is tasty and reasonably priced. (404-377-4976)
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